Oct 4, 11:33 AM EDT

'The Martian' lands with $55 million debut, 'Sicario' draws strongly in expansion

Buy AP Photo Reprints
Oscars 2010: Nominations
Oscars 2009:
Red Carpet
Oscars 2009: Red Carpet Panorama
Roman Polanski timeilne
Latest Movie News
Nonprofit group continues its legal fight against Lucas Museum planned for Chicago lakefront

'The Martian' lands with $55 million debut, 'Sicario' draws strongly in expansion

"Lust, Caution" star Tang Wei looks for chemistry with people on film set

Filming begins in Dubai for 'Star Trek Beyond,' the third movie in reboot of sci-fi series

Under-pressure Afghan actress urges countrywomen to keep working

Paris Hilton in Federal Court: Deposition
Paris Hilton in Federal Court: Exhibit 56

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic "The Martian" touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million at the weekend box office.

The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The estimated North American opening of "The Martian" surpassed that of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and virtually equaled the debut of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."

Last week's box-office champ, "Hotel Transylvania 2," slid to second with an estimated $33 million.

Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller "Sicario," starring Emily Blunt, shot up to third with $12.1 million for the acclaimed Lionsgate release.

Ahead of a wider opening next week, Robert Zemeckis' 3-D "The Walk" opened on 448 Imax screens but took in only $1.5 million.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.